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Netflix Pushes for Data Cap Outlaw

Olivia Long - September 13, 2016 - 12:10 PM
Netflix Pushes for Data Cap Outlaw
Netflix has propositioned the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to ban data caps.

(CCM) — Last week, Netflix submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a proposal for the committee to determine that data caps are unreasonable and, therefore, illegal. As Business Insider UK reports, Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act gives the FCC the role of choosing whether or not "advanced telecommunications ability" is being provided to all Americans fairly — that is, in a "timely" and "reasonable" manner. And data caps are, according to Netflix, in violation of the latter stipulation.

"Data caps (especially low data caps) and usage-based pricing ('UBP') discourage a consumer's consumption of broadband, and may [unreasonably] impede the ability of some households to watch Internet television in a manner and amount that they would like," Netflix claimed in the document. In short, data caps stand in the way of Netflix's profiting off of its viewership and is, therefore, unfair. If upheld, the filing would urge internet providers to ditch — or, at the very least, increase — caps on their customers' data. However, it would not strictly require them to do so.

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